Objective

I seek an opportunity to utilize my strengths in editing, researching, reporting, and writing as a media and publications professional.

Summary

Welcome to my online portfolio. My name is Rick Docksai, and I am a writer-editor who specializes in covering health, science, and technology news for Web sites, e-newsletters, and print magazines. With Master's Degree training in reporting and writing, and more than three years of on-the-job experience as assistant editor of science-and-tech magazine THE FUTURIST, I possess the knowledge and drive to gather technical information and relate it compellingly to any kind of audience, be they general readers, expert researchers, or industry insiders. Contact me to discuss what content I can create that will help your organization or business get its message across with maximum effectiveness.

Work History

Work History
Mar 2008 - Present

Staff Editor

World Future Society

•   Craft book reviews and news articles for the Society’s magazines the Futurist and World Future Review. News articles explore topics in business, ecology, health, and technology.

•   Proofread every edition of the Futurist.

•  Using the software program InDesign, assemble every edition of World Future Review. Upload all content onto the pages, organize them, and generate indexes.

•   Upload articles and book reviews to the Society’s Web site for public viewing.

•    Correspond with book publishers to obtain complementary copies of new nonfiction books for review and promotion in the Futurist and World Future Review.

•    Devise illustrations and artwork to complement stories.

•    Copy-edit articles from contributing writers prior to articles' publication in The Futurist.

•   Upgraded both magazines’ daily operations by developing a new filing system for receiving and logging

review copies of nonfiction books. System saves editors time and facilitates communication among staff.

May 2009 - Present

Freelance Writer

Rick Docksai

•    Research and write articles and reports for publications, think tanks, and businesses. Clients include:

o    Patch.com: Report local news of several Maryland cities, including Hyattsville and Riverdale Park, for the news service Patch.com. Story topics range from construction and business-related developments to school programs and city-council sessions. Provide photographs for every story. In addition, stand in as substitute editor for Patch.com’s Hyattsville news website when the site’s editor is out of town. As substitute editor, edit site content, upload stories, and distribute story links via Twitter. (August 2010-present)

o    LexisNexis: Edited and updated new indexes of thousands of records and transcripts of Congressional legislation, speeches, and votes dating back to the early 1800s. As a result of my efforts, Web users anywhere can now log on to LexisNexis and find any of these records and transcripts merely by entering search terms into the site’s search engine. (November 2009-January 2010)

o    Washington Post: Created and edited biographical profiles of U.S. public officials for WhoRunsGov, a government-news Web site launched by Washington Post staff editors. (May 2009-November 2009)

Aug 2007 - Dec 2007

Education Reporter

Capital News Service

•    Produced daily coverage of breaking news and long-term trends in private and public schools throughout Maryland. Independently decided topics, meeting challenging and changing deadlines.

•    Co-wrote with fellow Capital News Service reporters stories of Maryland General Assembly’s votes.

•    Nominated for the Society of Professional Journalists' 2007 Mark of Excellence Award for news story examining Maryland’s student-population declines.

May 2007 - Aug 2007

I-Team Intern

ABC 7 News

•    Researched stories for the news station's "I-Team," or investigative reporting unit. Played a key role in gathering research data for I-Team reports on consumer health issues. Utilized Lexis-Nexis, Pacer, and other online tools. Conducted frequent telephone interviews of key sources.

•    Generated graphs in Microsoft Excel to illustrate key information in stories for the station's Web site.

•    Transcribed and time-logged videotapes of interviews.

Sep 2006 - Aug 2007

Copy Editor and Staff Writer

Hyattsville Life & Times

•    Contributed monthly articles on local artists, musicians, and businesses.•    Proofread stories and recommended edits. Stories included opinion articles; letters; announcements; local news reports; and feature stories on individuals, businesses, and area arts and entertainment.•    Planned layout and story topics for all upcoming magazine editions.

May 2004 - Aug 2004

Research Assistant Intern

American Enterprise Institute

•    Researched and fact-checked for Resident Scholar Joshua Muravchik’s now-published book The Future of the United Nations.

•    Utilized Library of Congress archives, Congressional Quarterly Almanac, and online data sources of Congressional votes to research historical background for Muravchik’s weekly op-ed articles.

Education

Education

Skills

Skills

French

Possess working-level proficiency in conversational and written French.

research

I am highly proficient in obtaining and verifying information via print archives (such as the U.S. Library of Congress) and online research tools (such as Lexis-Nexis and Pacer).  

reporting

I have delivered beat reporting on state education issues, Beltway politics, and local town events for a variety of news publications and news services.  

data analysis

The intensive articles that I provide The Futurist magazine often require me to compute numbers and process numerical data. I will use Microsoft Access and Microsoft Excel for faster and better results.

writing

I have written hard news, human-interest feature stories, book reviews, commentaries, research-based reports, and correspondence letters for community newspapers, daily news wires, a broadcast news station, and nongovernmental organizations.

proofreading

As staff editor for The Futurist magazine, I routinely prepare my and other writers' articles for publication and distribution to a worldwide audience of both senior researchers and lay readers.  

Washington Post

Patch.com

The Futurist: articles

The Futurist: book reviews

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